FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Julie Pfadt, Executive Director, Lake Erie Wine Country
Lake Erie Wine Country is a consortium of 23 wineries situated on the southern shore of Lake Erie on a 44-mile stretch from the town of North East, Pennsylvania to Silver Creek, New York. Formerly known as the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail, Lake Erie Wine Country (LEWC) serves to unite area wineries to promote the wine industry and tourism in the largest grape-growing region east of the Rockies.
LEWC is pleased to announce the opening of a new winery in the town of Portland, New York, just minutes east of Westfield, NY on Route 20.
“We are thrilled that 21 Brix Winery has opened,” says Julie Pfadt, Executive Director of Lake Erie Wine Country. “They are in a location on a stretch of Route 20 that nicely connects the wineries on the east end of our Wine Trail with those in the middle of our Trail. The owner is an experienced, award-winning winemaker, and their facility is beautiful. They are a perfect addition to our wine and grape region.”
21 Brix Winery officially opened its doors at the beginning of September, 2011. While construction took about one year, the "behind the scenes" planning began about eight years ago when winemaker Kristopher Kane approached his parents, Michael and Marion Jordan, owners of Olde Chautauqua Farms (OCF) about his plan to open a winery. As plans took shape, Kris' brother, Bryan Jordan, asked to be a part of the adventure. Together, the four owners began the process of planning and overseeing the construction of a 9,800 square foot building. With three generations now involved with Olde Chautauqua Farms and 21 Brix Winery, education and experience about grape growing and wine making has been combined.
While under the ownership of Mike Jordan and his father Trenholm Jordan, Olde Chautauqua Farms (OCF) has grown to include approximately 300 acres of wine and juice grapes in Portland, New York. The farm, which was started with just twelve acres of land in the 1960s has slowly grown and now also includes a U-Pick cherry orchard as well as a U-Pick asparagus patch. Bryan brings corporate business experience with an abundance of ideas for the success of the winery. Kris Kane, present winemaker at Presque Isle Wine Cellars, has been involved in the wine making industry for six years, including a six month harvest job in Australia in 2008. During his tenure at Presque Isle Wine Cellars in North East, PA, Kris has won numerous medals and "best of shows" for a wide variety of wines. He is looking forward to carrying on this tradition with 21 Brix wines.
21 Brix Winery is now open at 6654 West Main Road, Portland, New York, just east of Westfield. (716) 792-BRIX. See their website at www.21brix.com. The winery is open daily from 10-6. They will be taking part in Lake Erie Wine Country’s next two exciting events: Harvest Wine Weekends #1 and #2, November 4-6 and November 11-13.